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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this Call for Public Art and why is it important?

Virginia Tech will recognize its 150th anniversary in 2022. The Council on Virginia Tech History’s Public Art Committee is working on creative approaches to highlight the ways in which historically marginalized communities have shaped and continue to shape the university. The Council on Virginia Tech History's work does not shy away from the difficult and painful histories that are embedded into the fabric of the university. The council examines the histories of Native people, whose land and knowledge were dispossessed, and enslaved people, whose labor and contributions to other people’s wealth proved foundational to the university. Understanding the stories that have been a part of shaping the institution allows us to understand the ways in which disenfranchisement has shaped the knowledge of, and emanating from, the university.

What are difficult and complicated histories?

The term, difficult and complicated histories, reflects the lens the Council on Virginia Tech History utilizes to acknowledge the university's history in the context of today and the Beyond Boundaries vision for the future. The term recognizes the connection between past and present that multifaceted histories possess.

What art forms will be accepted for submission?

All forms of art are highly encouraged to be submitted to the Call for Public Art.

Does it have to be a physical structure?

Art forms submitted to the Call for Public Art can be in any medium or presentation if they meet the standards highlighted in the Call for Public Art guidelines:

  • Consider the elements of the site as a source of design ideas
  • Consider the area surrounding the artwork and its intended uses as described in this call
  • Reflect the university's/community's history, diversity, and cultural profile
  • Demonstrate the intersecting relationship and influences from the White, Black, and Native American presence
  • Contribute to the aesthetic beauty of the area, including elements of the Duck Pond, buildings, and landscape
  • Be durable, stable, and suitable for the climate conditions, resistant to UV damage, and safe for public interaction
  • Be accomplished within the proposer’s preliminary cost projection

Where will be the public art be located?

The public art will be located on the grounds near the Fraction Family House, Solitude, and the Duck Pond. While we encourage artwork designed for permanent exterior display, technology-based artwork designed for exterior and/or interior display will be considered.

Will the public art be permanent or temporary?

The Council on Virginia Tech History encourages submissions for permanent public art; we recognize that technologies may offer options for permanent installations designed for renewable elements and/or updated additions for all lengths of exhibition.

What is the budget for the public art's construction?

In addition to the honoraria and prizes awarded, the Council on Virginia Tech History will allocate appropriate funding for the construction and longevity of the winning submission.

When is my proposal submission for the Call for Public Art due?

All proposal submissions for the Call for Public Art are due through the Submission Portal on September 30, 2020.